Staff & Contributors
Jeff O’Neal, Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder, reads books and writes about them. When he’s not doing that, he’s teaching writing and literature at a large East Coast university. In addition to obsessing about Book Riot, he’s writing even nerdier and more abstruse posts on literature and blogging at The Reading Ape. He has the great good fortune of living with his favorite person in the world and their bright, beautiful boy in Brooklyn, NY.
His tweets can be found @readingape.
Clinton Kabler, COO & Co-founder, is an eater and a magnificently average cook. Food Riot readers needn’t worry about being subjected to his cooking because he manages Food Riot’s business operations. Should you be curious to know how magnificently average cooking tastes, he suggests eating at about any establishment within 10 blocks of the Javits Center.
He holds an MBA from an East Coast university. Upon completing his MBA, he jumped into the West Coast startup world and quickly learned that he had wasted a lot of money on said MBA. When not being a husband and father, he runs marathons and cycles mountains. He splits his time between Vancouver (the one in Canada) and Brooklyn.
Rebecca Joines Schinsky, Senior Editor & Community Manager, is a gluttonous consumer of culture in its many forms and loves to write about them. She eats with gusto, reads like a wild woman, knows all the lyrics to your favorite 90s hip-hop songs, and watches The Jersey Shore without a shred of irony because, you know, it’s important to be well-rounded. When she’s not at Book Riot and Food Riot, Rebecca works on the Bookrageous podcast with two of her favorite people, wrangles the world’s most adorable basset hound, and sits on the board of directors of James River Writers in her adopted hometown of Richmond, VA.
Her tweets can be found @RebeccaSchinsky. Contact her by email at rebecca at bookriot dot com.
Amanda Nelson, Senior Editor and Community Manager, believes that cheesy grits and fried okra are perfect foods. She eats a lot of spinach so she can drink a lot of bourbon. If she’s not getting her culinary game on, she’s probably reading and/or writing about reading at Food Riot’s sister site, Book Riot. Or she might be off on a Narnia-sized adventure with her husband and twin boys. Her dream is to be Jean-Luc Picard and/or Doctor-Donna when she grows up, but Ron Swanson’ll do in a pinch.
Her tweets can be found @ImAmandaNelson.
Yan Klats, Director of Sales, enjoys life to the fullest. He is currently residing in the happening capital of Virginia. As a true New Yorker, his passion for everything sport is only surpassed by his love for the Jets and his community. When he’s not watching the Jets or running Toughmudders, he enjoys clay sculpting, rock climbing, skiing, and dancing salsa. He only dedicates his personal or professional time to areas that can make a long lasting impact on people.
Alex Baker, Director of Technology, enjoys making our sites come to life, drawing inspiration from all corners of the earth. In addition to providing clean mark up and optimized load speeds, he also enjoys learning the art of BBQ smoking, gardening, drumming & performing with various bands around NYC, and setting out for outdoor adventures of all types.
Alex isn’t much one for Twitter, but thinks it’d be cool for you to check out his band Skull Practitioners.
Rachel Smalter Hall, Customer Success Manager, is a public librarian turned Book Riot operations staff and champion of black sequined hot pants. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in a family of seven that donned bathrobes and towels for their yearly theatrical Christmas Pageant. Since then, she’s lived in Minnesota, Vermont, Rome, and now Lawrence, Kansas, where she can be found drinking PBR with her co-ed book club, waxing poetic about audiobooks, and lip-syncing classic hip hop tracks.
Her tweets can be found @bananasuit.
Brenna Clarke Gray
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